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Complainant Name:
Mrs Shelley McArdle

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


Mrs Shelley McArdle complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article which reported her nephew, Scott Travis', recent conviction and incarceration for fraud breached the terms of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. She was particularly concerned by the claims that her nephew was duped by the family over the identity of his mother and that the complainant's parents secretly brought Mr Travis up as their own as they were embarrassed.


While the newspaper denied any breach of the Code, the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement appended to the foot of the online article:

Clarification: The references above to Mr Travis being "duped by his own family over who his natural mother was" and that his biological grandparents were "so embarrassed at their daughter having a child out of wedlock and under age they brought him up as their own son" were made as part of Mr Travis's defence in court. Since this article was first posted, Mr Travis's family have told us that they do not believe that Mr Travis was duped, or that he was raised by his biological grandparents due to their embarrassment at the situation. We are happy to make this clear.

Date Published: 08/08/2012

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